A Palgrave Pivot book series of short (c. 30,000 words) critical introductions to major science fiction and fantasy novels, comics, games, albums, etc (non-film/non-TV texts). A new canon shaped by scholars for critics, students, and fans.


Written for a student and academic audience, books in the Palgrave SFF: A New Canon series introduce, contextualize, and provide field-level insights on a single work of SFF. Books in this series answer two basic, but complicated, questions about their text:

  • Why does this text matter to SFF—as a genre, mode of production, cultural and historical phenomenon, and artistic practice?

  • Why does (or should) this text matter to SFF readers, scholars, and fans?

Palgrave SFF provides the sort of focused attention on significant individual works of SFF that rarely goes beyond the length of online essays, academic articles, or chapters in an edited collection or monograph, and seeks to offer “go-to” books for thinking about, writing on, and teaching major works of SFF. By subtitling the series “A New Canon,” we acknowledge the role of scholarship in creating ideas of canon but also seek to destabilize definite notions of “the canon.” Thus, the series will survey a range of “classic” and should-be-classic texts.

Volumes in the series emphasize the critical approaches and major questions each text inspires. Each book begins with introductory material of c. 5,000 words that (1) provides a thesis answering the two questions stated above; (2) gives a brief biocritical background to the author; (3) places the text in question in the context of the author’s oeuvre; and (4) provides a brief socio-historical contextualization of the novel. The body of the book—c. 20,000 words—should survey the major approaches to the text in question, balancing consideration of the expected and the innovative so as to provide a thorough, yet novel, introduction of the text.

Palgrave SFF is best compared to series like BFI Film and TV Classics, TV Milestones, Constellations, Devil’s Advocates, Pop Classics, and other short “minigraph” series that focus on a single text and are written for broad appeal. Palgrave SFF is a “Pivot” book series of short book c. 25k-30k words with a series-standard bookcovers, and are typically published and available within 12 weeks of the final manuscript’s submission.

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